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Premier League Darts 2023 | Night One Belfast Preview and Order of Play

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Chris Dobey enjoys dream Premier League Darts debut with victory in Belfast

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 02 Feb 2023
Debutant Dobey triumphs in Belfast (Photo by Michael Cooper/PDC)

Chris Dobey enjoyed a dream start to his debut Premier League Darts campaign by winning Night One of the competition in Belfast.

Just four days on from the landmark Masters triumph which secured him a place in the Premier League, Dobey continued his winning run to scoop the £10,000 bonus at The SSE Arena.

The 32-year-old recorded a hat-trick of wins to get his campaign off to the perfect start, denying reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in a dramatic final.

Dobey, who featured as a Challenger in the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Premier League, opened up with a 6-3 defeat of world number two Peter Wright, before seeing off Nathan Aspinall 6-4 in the Semi-Finals.

A captivating final, which saw Dobey land a 170 checkout in the second leg, went all the way to a deciding leg, with Dobey landing a sensational 160 checkout to pick up maximum points and top the early table.

“I’m living the dream,” said a delighted Dobey. “The 160 checkout had to go because Michael was waiting on 127 and he’s well capable of taking that out.

“Michael has got a great record against me, and it gets in your head but I knew I could do it after beating him on TV for the first time at the European Championship.

“I know what I can do, and right now my confidence is sky high.

“I felt that I deserved my place in the tournament, I didn’t have anything to prove to myself but I think I’ve proved a few people wrong tonight.

“I’m getting a taste of it now and I love it. I want to be here all the time.”

Van Gerwen picks up three league points thanks to victories over Michael Smith – in their first meeting since the World Championship final – and Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The Dutchman averaged 102.4 in a 6-3 success over Smith, before averaging 106 in his 6-4 victory over Van den Bergh.

Semi-finalists Aspinall and Van den Bergh leave Belfast with two points apiece courtesy of Quarter-Final wins over Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton respectively.

A below-par Price averaged just 91.3 in a slow start to the competition, while Clayton was punished for just 22 per cent on the doubles despite averaging 101 in a 6-2 defeat.

The Premier League roadshow heads to the  Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff next Thursday for Night Two of the competition.

Premier League Darts 2023 Night One Results

Night One – Thursday February 2

The SSE Arena, Belfast

7pm-11pm

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 3-6 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 3-6 Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Gerwyn Price

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Chris Dobey 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Final
Chris Dobey 6-5 Michael van Gerwen

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